Minister Opstelten presents student grants to Russian Minister of Justice

Mr Opstelten, the Dutch Minister of Security and Justice, has presented six student grants to the Russian Minister of Justice, Mr Konovalov, in Saint Petersburg.  Thanks to these grants, six Russian students will have the opportunity to take a summer course in International Law at the ‘The Hague Academy for International Law’ this year.  The grants have been financed by the city of The Hague.

Minister Opstelten is currently in Saint Petersburg for a two-day visit to the International Legal Forum (SPILF).  SPILF is a platform for politicians, scientists and lawyers from more than fifty countries. This year, the eventwas opened by Russian Prime Minister Medvedev. Minister Opstelten held an opening speech with the theme 'competition and cooperation between legal systems:  the role of law in ensuring the development of society, the state and the economy'. In his speech, Minister Opstelten described human rights as a form of freedom of speech, and an independent judiciary as the key to achieve sustainable social and economic development.  The delegation of Minister Opstelten also held talks with Dutch companies which are based in Russia, and with Russian nongovernmental organisations involved in the human rights situation in Russia. Tomorrow, Minister Opstelten will hold another speech, about The Hague as the International City of Peace and Justice.